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Real-time Maine coronavirus updates: Sunday, August 16

Find developments on the Maine coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak as we work together to separate facts from fear. Sunday, August 16, 2020.

MAINE, USA — KEY MAINE CORONAVIRUS FACTS

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16

The Maine CDC reported there are 24 new cases of COVID-19 in Maine.

There are no new coronavirus related deaths Sunday. There are 4,168 total cases, 3,747 of which are confirmed.

A total of 3,624 people have recovered.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15

The Maine CDC reported one additional person in Maine has died with COVID-19, bringing the state total to 127. There are 4,144 total cases, 3,726 of which are confirmed. 

The additional death reported today is a man in his 90s from Androscoggin County.

A total of 3,616 people have recovered. 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14

The Maine CDC reported zero additional deaths of people with COVID-19 on Friday, meaning the state death total remains at 126.

Of the 4,115 total COVID-19 cases in Maine, 3,697 are confirmed by test and 418 are probable.

399 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point during their COVID-19 illness.

 3,604 Mainers have recovered from COVID-19.

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WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY UPDATES


THE DATA

Dr. Nirav Shah made clear that when the Maine CDC reports deaths, they are reporting that someone has died who had been confirmed positive with COVID-19, not the cause of death specifically. The cause of death determination is left to the medical examiner.   According to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, as of a few days ago, there were roughly 2,900 Mainers tested each week. This includes people tested through the state lab in Augusta, as well as large commercial testing companies like LabCorp. Dr. Shah said right now, the positivity rate is over 5%, meaning for every 100 people tested, about 5 or 6 are positive. Compared to other states, whose positivity rates are 10 or 15%, Maine is doing better, Dr. Shah says. He says he'd like to see Maine's positivity rate around 2%, which is what South Korea's is. To do that, Dr. Shah says testing must increase two or three-fold.

RESOURCES

Coronavirus, COVID-19 Background 

The official name for the coronavirus is “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes is named “coronavirus disease 2019” or “COVID-19” for short. Coronavirus is a family of viruses, which can infect people and animals. The viruses can cause the common cold or more serious diseases like SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.

The CDC says symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and in some cases sore throat.

The CDC says there are simple steps to take to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home while you're sick and avoid close contact with others
  • The Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on Tuesday, March 10 that they would be holding daily coronavirus briefings with director Dr. Nirav Shah to keep the public up to date on the situation in Maine

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